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Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Hickson Lab at the Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS)

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Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
Agreement for state-employed academics between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confed
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Biomedicine, Health Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Hickson Lab from May 1st, 2024 (or soon thereafter), in the Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS; The appointment will be for 24 months.

The mission of the CCS is to better understand the molecular mechanisms by which chromosomal instability impacts on age-related pathologies in humans. The Hickson Lab focuses on understanding how DNA replication stress and mitotic DNA abnormalities generate chromosomal abnormalities such as aneuploidy. As well as utilizing molecular/cell biological tools, the Hickson Lab uses single molecule biochemical/biophysical techniques to analyze DNA processing enzymes.

For further details of the work conducted in the host laboratory, see

Motivated candidates with a strong academic and/or publication track record are encouraged to apply. As the members and collaborators of the Center are international, the working language is English. Thus, excellent English speaking and writing skills are essential.

Our group and research
The CCS is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) and its mission is to advance our understanding of how chromosomal instability causes human disease. The CCS is embedded at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (

Your project
The successful candidate will be able to choose one of two projects: either analysing the mechanisms by which cells acquire aneuploidy or using optical tweezers and single molecule techniques to reconstitute the key stages of mitotic sister chromatid disjunction. Background information can be found in Meijering et al., Nature, 2022; Bizard et al., NSMB, 2019 and Sarlos et al., NSMB, 2018 on the Hickson Lab website (

Start: 1 May 2024 or after agreement

Duration: 2 years

Job description

Your key tasks as a Postdoc at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project with some supervision.
  • Actively participate in promoting a productive and harmonious research environment.
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your project.
  • Assist in the supervision of junior group members.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person with the following competences and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in biology, biomedicine, biochemistry/biophysics, molecular biology, or a related area.
  • You can provide evidence of publication-standard experimental research, preferable within the areas of chromosome biology, DNA replication and repair, or mitosis.
  • You have strong communication and collaboration skills, including the ability to work productively in an international academic setting.
  • You can work in a team of multidisciplinary scientists and have the potential to work autonomously.
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Other assessed criteria are:

  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in DNA metabolism and the cell division cycle.
  • Personal drive and commitment to science.
  • Previous publications.
  • Top academic record/grades.
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the position.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM), Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic, collaborative, and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and access to state-of-the-art equipment.

Terms of employment and employment
The employment as a postdoc fellow is full time (37 working hours in average per week) and for 2 years. Starting date is May 1, 2024, or after agreement.
Salary, pension, and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organizations. Currently, the monthly salary starts at DKK 36,412 / approx. EUR 4,882 (October 2023 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiable. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark for the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For specific information about the position, please contact Ian Hickson (

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking "Apply". The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Letter of motivation (max. one page).
  2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of Master of Science and PhD certificates. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will suffice.
  4. Publication list.

Application deadline: February 29th, 2024, 23.59 pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not fulfil the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills, and other requirements listed in the advertisement. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7,815 students, 2,113 researchers and 3,793 employees. The faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career

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